Two district runners conquered blood, sweat and tears as they joined the thousands of athletes running for good causes in this year’s London Marathon.
Elizabeth Hough, from Hest Bank and Annie Keward, from Lancaster, joined more than 38,000 runners on Sunday to attempt the gruelling 26 miler.
They joined the likes of Paula Radcliffe who was running the race for the final time of her athletic career.
It was an emotional ride for Elizabeth who had just completed the Paris marathon a few days earlier.
Running for the British Red Cross, Elizabeth was overwhelmed she finished the final milestone whilst running most of the race with a sprained finger and bleeding knee.
The 33 year-old completed the run in three hours and 49 minutes and has raised £2,400 so far.
She said: “It was an amazing experience.
“I got tripped up between the first and second mile, it is very congested the London Marathon.
“I just had to pick myself up, it wasn’t until near the end of the race I looked down and saw my knee bloody and my finger bruised but the crowd sail you through.
“It was just amazing and so inspirational to be able to witness all these elite runners go past, it was an honour to be running in the same race as Paula.”
It was an honour to be running in the same race as PaulaElizabeth Hough
For Annie it was a first experience and a memory she shall cherish for a long time.
The 23-year-old dental student completed the run in five hours and 39 minutes and has nearly reached her £2,500 target for Children with Cancer UK.
Annie said: “It all felt a bit surreal, I did really think gosh I am about to start this.
“The best part of it all was just knowing I was doing it for a good cause.
“The crowds carried me on when I hit the wall on mile 22, the last stretch they came to take me forward.
“Thank you to all the support and all the people around who have donated.”
Another Lancashire runner Rob Danson experienced a proud moment when he crossed the finish line.
The ecstatic runner was on cloud nine as he got to hold hands with his idol Paula Radcliffe.
Rob, who is a member of the Wesham Road Runners, held hands with Paula 100m before the finish line.
He said: “I had eight miles to go and I was already lagging, but I knew it would be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to run with my hero, and the adrenaline was unbelievable.”
An estimated 750,000 spectators lined the streets for the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday.